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Handheld PC

Jim Thomson (View posts)
Posted: 14 Feb 2003 10:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
I know the question has been asked in the past, but, with the advances in handheld technology and the use of Windows PC operating system, has anyone managed to use one of these devices - handheld PC (NOT PDAs) - for genealogy software or been able to transfer a BK database onto one for use in a research location?

I'm toying with the idea of getting something like an iPaq but, being a canny Scot, I'm not keen on spending several hundred pounds/dollars on a device which will have limited,or no, genealogical use in the field.

Thanks

Jim
Troon
Scotland

Re: Handheld PC

Posted: 14 Feb 2003 2:38PM GMT
Classification: Query
Jim,
I use a PDA with GEDSTAR using a Gedcom generated by BK5.

It depends on what you want to do at a reseach site. Look at your date or enter data. Entering data and syncing with BK might be a challege.

I suggest getting a real laptop so you can use the same programs versus having to buy a seperate set for the handheld PC.

Jim

Re: Handheld PC

Jim Thomson (View posts)
Posted: 14 Feb 2003 3:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
I've been looking at a few options one of which was the use of a laptop. The main place for me is the Government Records Office in Edinburgh. They don't leave a lot of space at the workstations for any other hardware. It's tight enough with the fiche reader, PC terminal and all my paperwork without trying to shoehorn in a laptop. Space is the main consideration.

I've had a look at the Compaq/HP site and there's very little info on the ability to run non-MS applications on the handhelds. Similarly, I can't find much info on the MS family of websites covering the Windows PC 2002 OS - which surprises me.

I'll be over in the US later this year and I might buy one over there (about $150 cheaper than over here in the UK!!) but there's a lot more research to do on their capabilities before then.

thanks

Jim
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